How a community steps forward to resolve a crime says a lot about the community’s quality of life. In West Sacramento, the Yolo County District Attorney’s Office sponsors a program called Neighborhood Court. It works with the community and the Police Department in settling nonviolent, low-level crimes. Community volunteers use restorative justice concepts in evaluating cases. Neighborhood Court emphasizes that an offender repair the harm—to make things right, as needed. Harm to the victim is therefore addressed directly and promptly. Neighborhood Court can also bring forth an understanding of the root cause of the crime, helping the victim, the offender and the community move forward in a positive direction. Right now, Neighborhood Court needs volunteer panelists to represent the community’s needs, interests and perspectives—volunteers of all ages, experience and background. To learn more about the Neighborhood Court Program, come to one of the following informational sessions, Thursday, Feb. 26 or Tuesday, March 3—both sessions are 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m. in the Community Room at the West Sacramento Police Dept., 550 Jefferson Blvd.
In March, training is provided:
· For both panelists and facilitators, Saturday, March 7, 8:45 a.m.-5 p.m.; and
· For facilitators only, Saturday, March 14, 8:45 a.m.-5 p.m.; and
· For both panelists and facilitators, Thursday, March 19, 6 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
For more information on the Neighborhood Court program please visit: www.yoloda.org/nc
or Call: 530.666.8378 Nicole Kirkaldy, Neighborhood Court Clerk
530.666.8202 Christopher Bulkeley, Deputy District Attorney